White Virginia State Trooper Helps Young Black College Student with Flat Tire, Mother’s Appreciation Goes Viral

© Virginia State Police Virginia State trooper Matt Okes in an undated handout photo.
© Virginia State Police Virginia State trooper Matt Okes in an undated handout photo.

A white Virginia state trooper who kneeled down to help a stranded young black man change a flat tire, and then stayed by his side all night until help arrived, has become a hero in the eyes of his grateful mother. 

“This kind officer approached him didn’t ask if the little Mercedes was stolen but rather got on his knees to replace his tire,” mom Nada Owusu wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral.

Owusu’s 20-year-old undergraduate son Joseph Owusu was driving home to Danville from Virginia Tech last Thursday when his back tire blew on the road “in the middle of nowhere,” she said.

That’s when Virginia State Trooper Matt Okes stepped in to try to fix the flat.

When he couldn’t, the law enforcement officer kept the student company on the dark road for over four hours until his mother and AAA arrived at 1 a.m.

Then he trailed them in his police vehicle until he knew they were fine to drive on their own, Owusu said.

“What really impressed me is not just the fact that he tried to change the tire, which I didn’t even know police did,” Owusu told the Daily News.

“What touched me more was that he didn’t leave him on that road, where he could have been hit by another car. As a mother, that really meant a lot to me.”

Owusu’s post has been shared more than 21,000 times and liked by more than 400 people, including TV personality Montel Williams, who called Okes’ assistance an “act of heroic kindness.”

“Too often we look at very specific instances where police miss the mark, and it’s equally if not more important to recognize the countless Trooper Okes’ of the world who quietly serve with distinction and embody EVERYTHING we want our Police to be,” Williams wrote. “Trooper Okes, thank you for your service.”

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Source: New York Daily News | MELISSA CHAN

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